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Pamela, I have to tell you that we took extra care to avoid dozing as many live trees as we could. But the funny thing is that, between the time we purchased the property and when we had the closing, there was a spring tornado that went right through the property, downing and stripping trees. At first we were so sad, but when we saw the improved view, we were thanking Mother Nature’s crafting, so that we wouldn’t have to eliminate any ourselves. So, we ended up placing the pad site right in the middle of an area where there were no trees larger than 8″ in width, as well. Another thing is that because the tornado took down mostly scrub oaks (as we call them), the pine trees are returning. At the rate they’re growing, we’ll be surrounded and shaded by them soon. It’s heavenly up there, like being in the clouds, and sooooo quiet, too. Just had to share about the trees.

Contributed by Teresa Fenton Wilber  

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Rooted…

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Join Artist Pamela Paulsrud at the Little Red School House in Willow Springs on September 14, 10 am – 4 pm. She will lead a workshop for teaching artists and teachers on the Treewhispers project, a unique paper making and storytelling process that connect the arts and nature. Through hands-on guided process participants will make artistic paper rounds that begin to tell their tree stories. Learn about the Treewhispers project and how you can add to this amazing exhibit now being shown at Little Red School House through Oct. 31. Space is limited. Please call (708) 496-2237 to reserve a spot.

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When folks come together around a campfire…there should be time to just sit quietly and listen. For the songs of the fire are sacred!

Those songs come from the spirits in the wood. They sing about the sun blinking on and off… they sing about the wind and the rain…they sing about the seasons. Their songs are part of the sacred songs of the Earth…given to us as a reminder of days gone by.

The history of the wood is in those flames and in those songs…stories of the Earth…which will not be told again in that same way. And that smoke in the tree giving its body back to the Earth…its work is done…and its Spirit rises to leave this place forever.

Watch that fire…there are Spirits in there…some you know…and some, you have never known. But they are like messengers and are there to explain things to you.

Campfires give us that opportunity to listen…and to hear those special stories again. Ordinarily we don’t have the patience to understand the way trees speak…the way they form their words…the way they use gestures. Such things are foreign to us and we might be frightened. So they send their messages up with the smoke…and it is sacred…and it is part of our oral traditions.

So when you are sitting around the campfire with friends…share this wisdom. Encourage others to listen to the songs of the fire; that they might feel that sacred message too…and find that deeper understanding of Earth Mother’s ways.

Ho Hecetu Welo!

An unknown Elder

This story was by Rob Miller at the flute circle/Mitchell Indian Museum

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